Philcon, the world's longest-running conference of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, run by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, is November 8-10, 2019! We're very happy to be working with them to help put together a jam-packed schedule of programming for the Anime & Animation track!
Philcon is located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ. While the full schedule will be available soon, we also wanted to give you a preview of what we hope you'll join us for. We also owe a big thanks to Eleven Arts, Funimation Entertainment, and Crunchyroll who provided permissions for all of the great screenings that will take place.
First off, here is the programming you can expect as part of the Anime & Animation Track:
Fri 4:00 PM in Plaza I — Screening: Cowboy Bebop
[TV-14] The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motley lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. On their own, any one of them would be likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they're the most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.
Fri 5:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom II — Screening: DIVER
The first episode of Brandon Wright's newest animated SF series! Meet Zeke and Zara, pilots competing to be the first humans to win the intergalactic Gravity Diving competition.
Fri 6:00 PM in Plaza I — Legends & Fairytales in Anime
Come take a look at the familiar stories that have influenced some of your favorite anime.
Fri 7:00 PM in Plaza I — Where My Ladies at? The Strong Female Influence in Manga & Anime (Panel Geeks)
Women have been a long time staple of popular anime/manga series, however many of these roles are as hypersexual, one-dimensional, characters or pure fan service. Join us as we profile some of the most iconic roles women have had in our favorite series, both on the pages and the female mangaka that have created them.
Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza I — Sui Generis - Anime Without Peer
Every now and then an anime comes along which is so out-there on-its-own there are no sequels, rip-offs or tributes. Would you believe there’s a series about a medieval dinotopia where Soccer is the religion played by super-powered anthropomorphic dinosaurs, furries and those minority humans play Soccer as the national religion? Or a centaur just trying to fit in to a society that takes political correctness to police-state levels? Or a bunch of high schoolers who decide to join a civilian Antarctic mission? Or a multi-planetary illegal road race? Or an anime where chase scenes roam across backgrounds that are fully animated? Or where a demon king and her human hero scheme to introduce human society to basic macroeconomic theories and crop-rotation? Or one where characters from a medieval-fantasy dimension patronize a modern Tokyo restaurant? Or one where personifications of blood cells deliver oxygen and fight off bacteria? There are quite a few peerless anime out there, join us and share some of our favorites.
Fri 9:00 PM in Plaza I — Failed Americanized Anime (Children Driving Robots)
Do you remember Sailor Moon being a live action/cartoon hybrid? Have you heard of entire anime series being dubbed and never released? Come join Children Driving Robots as we look at some failed attempts to bring anime to America.
Fri 9:00 PM in Plaza IV — The Making of DIVER
Brandon Wright discusses the process of creating his newest animated series, as well as answer any questions about the series, making animation for the web in general, and building an audience.
Fri 10:00 PM in Plaza I — Seminal Sketch Sci-Fi Anime (Doomtastic)
Have you ever wondered what anime has influenced your favorite science fiction series? Ever noticed similarities between Ghost in the Shell and the Matrix? Do you wonder why the power rangers have color coordinated suits and zords? Or maybe you just want to learn a little about the intertwined history of science fiction and anime. Then join us as we explore several of anime’s most influential science fiction series.
Fri 11:00 PM in Plaza I — Military Anime, or I Didn't Know Blatant Propaganda Could Be This Cute! (Winning the War on Pants)
Come learn about the connection between some of the most popular animes and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
Fri 11:59 PM in Plaza I — Screening: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
[TV-14] Average 37-year-old Minami Satoru dies and is reincarnated as the most unremarkable creature imaginable—a slime. Initially, things are pretty grim. He’s blind, deaf, and weak. But by combining his two special abilities, “Predator” and “Great Sage,” the newly named, Rimuru Tempest, will use his blobby powers to gain both friends and foes alike in a diverse new world.
Sat 9:00 AM in Plaza I — Screening: Fruits Basket (2019)
[TV-14] Tohru Honda thought her life was headed for misfortune when a family tragedy left her living in a tent. When her small home is discovered by the mysterious Soma clan, she suddenly finds herself living with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Soma. But she quickly learns their family has a bizarre secret of their own.
Sat 11:00 AM in Plaza I — The Day The Kids Sat Still: The History & Legacy of Saturday Morning Cartoons
Sunday may belong to church and the NFL, but for over thirty years Saturday morning belonged to kids. Despite their era ending in the mid-1990's, Saturday Morning Cartoons left an indelible mark on the psyche of generations that lives on to this day. We will explore the history and lasting value of these cartoons...whether they were made to push toy sales, capitalize on pop culture or were just good, clean fun.
Sat 12:00 PM in Plaza I — Liberty or Death: Code Geass and The American Revolution (Winning the War on Pants)
In Code Geass, "Washington's Rebellion" may have been a failure, but ideals of the American Revolution are carried on by the Black Knights. Join us as we explore how our history inspired this popular anime.
Sat 1:00 PM in Plaza I — Masters of Grayskull (Children Driving Robots)
How did the Master of the Universe toy line become an international phenomenon that has expanded into comics, TV shows, movies and so much more? Come join us as we look at the 40 year plus history and mythology of awesomeness that continues to expand and develop!
Sat 2:00 PM in Plaza I — Star Blazers 40th Anniversary
On September 17, 1979, the first episode of Star Blazers aired in the U.S. Join us as we reminisce about the series that started it all - that showed the West all that anime could be, and birthed the US anime fandom.
Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza I — Mecha: Or How I Learned to Worship the Gundam (Doomtastic)
Dive into the awesomeness that is Mecha. Want to share your love of Mecha, talk to others about Mecha, or think about Mecha in different ways? Show up to this panel and do all of that and more! Come to venerate Gundam, Eva, Valvrave, Escaflowne, Code Geass and more. We are Gundam! Ho!
Sat 4:00 PM in Plaza I — Ghost in the Matrix: Sci-Fi Anime (Doomtastic)
Do you want to expand your science fiction collection? Ready to check out that “anime stuff" but not sure where to begin? These worlds have collided time and again and we are here to guide you through the experience. Let us guide you through this world so we can help you find your white rabbit.
Sat 5:00 PM in Plaza I — Making Your Voices Heard
Many anime-related panels focus on the content and characters of anime. But what about the people who bring them to life and give them their unique voice? A candid look at the voice acting business, from cattle call, to audition, all the way to the recording booth. All this and more from the mouths of the professionals themselves.
Sat 6:00 PM in Plaza I — Catch 'Em, Train 'Em, Trade 'Em (Katrina S. Forest)
Amassing a group of magical beings to do battle with other magical beings isn't unique to Pokemon. In fact, it spans over several different anime series and games. We'll explore this unique sub-genre of anime, compare different series with other, and discuss how the genre might (no pun intended) evolve in the future.
Sat 7:00 PM in Plaza I — RWBY: The Good, The Bad, and The FNDM Theories (Winning the War on Pants)
Join us and we take a look at both the best and worst of both RWBY and the FNDM.
Sat 8:00 PM in Plaza I — Green Ghibli: Environmentalism in Miyazaki Films (Panel Geeks)
Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki have made history with their animated films like Spirited Away, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and Ponyo. Yet at the heart of their films is a strong message of environmentalism. In this presentation, we highlight the unique ways Miyazaki has made his message of conservation clear and inspired a generation of children and fans to care about the Earth.
Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza I - Americanized Anime (Children Driving Robots)
Before anyone knew what "anime" was, they were just cartoons that weren't American enough. Join us as we take a look at the different ways that anime was adapted over the years to Americanize them and why. 'murica!
Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza I - Bad Anime! Bad! 2019 Edition
The pain! Oh dear God, the pain!! How could you ever allow these shows to see the light of day?! Do you think sanity is overrated? Want utter oblivion to be your best friend? Strap yourselves in for the worst of the worst the animation industry has to offer!
Sat 11:00 PM in Plaza I - Yokai Yaoi! [18+] (Panel Geeks)
Fall brings the Halloween season and occult upon us, let us get you into the mood with supernatural yaoi manga series that highlight demons, monsters, ghosts and other creatures that go bump in the night!
Sat 11:59 PM in Plaza I - Screening: Cells at Work!
This is a story about you. A tale about the inside of your body… According to a new study, the human body consists of approximately 37 trillion cells. These cells are hard at work every day within a world that is your body. From the oxygen carrying Red Blood Cells to the bacteria fighting White Blood Cells, Get to know the unsung heroes and the drama that unfolds inside of you!
Sun 9:00 AM in Plaza I —Screening: Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
[13+] The people of Iorph live far away from the lands of men, weaving the happenings of each day into a fabric called Hibiol. They live for centuries while maintaining their youthful appearance. Maquia, an orphaned Iorph girl, lives in an oasis surrounded by friends, yet somehow feels alone. But the tranquil lives of the Iorph are shattered in an instant when the Mezarte army invades their territory on a dragon fleet, seeking the blood that grants the Iorph long life...
Sun 11:00 AM in Plaza I — Disability in Anime (Katrina S. Forest)
There's an impressive amount of disability representation in anime. We'll explore the range -- the positive and the negative -- and how representation has evolved, starting from the early 2000s to recent releases.
Sun 12:00 PM in Plaza I — Anime in the "Before" Time
Join us to share stories about anime...before it was even called "anime"!
Sun 1:00 PM in Plaza I - Unlicensed Anime: We're Waiting... (Children Driving Robots)
Many Anime get licensed and relicensed every year. What about those that don't, or return to the unlicensed void? Come join us to discover and/or rediscover these Anime just waiting for their opportunity!
Sun 2:00 PM in Plaza IV — Anime Blinded Me with Science!
When most people think of sci-fi anime they think of legendary giant robots, but some sci-fi anime gets the science more right than you may think! Let's take a look at some recent shows and how they hold up.
There will also be a variety of other panels and workshops, a vendor and artist room, a tabletop gaming lounge, an art show, a Friday night dance, and the Saturday night Masquerade.
If you're planning to attend, you can view registration information on Philcon's website. Online registration closes November 1st. Discounts are available for students, children, teens, and active duty military.
More info is available on the Philcon website.
We hope to see you there!